Situated in a store front adjacent to a couple other tasting rooms (we’ll get to them soon enough) Joyce Vineyards tasting room has a friendly atmosphere and a fairly roomy tasting bar with an open feel. There are two distinct tasting offerings, The Premium Carmel Valley Estate Wines and the Premium Monterey County Wines. While there is a distinct price point difference between the two don’t make the mistake of assuming one is better than the other. They are different but both have strong pedigrees. The first taste for the drinking duo was the 2010 Carmel Valley Joyce Vineyard Pinot Noir. A delightful bright, light and elegant Pinot Noir. It made both of us stop and savor! What you say, Kiwi and Koala stop and savour! Those two usually go at it like two drought stricken Galahs at a billabong! But no you read it right, we savoured it!
Mostly all 6+ and *** for the Carmel Valley and 6+ and **** for Monterey County Wines with both having a 7 or two among them. Talking with Russell Joyce it was apparent that they put a lot of science into their wines but more importantly there is also art and soul! We have some disagreement as to whether it should be heart and soul, art and soul or art, heart and soul but never the less both Kiwi and Koala enjoyed the wine on offer at Joyce and would recommend this as a must try for Carmel Valley!
Tell Russell Kiwi and Koala said, you beauty!
Kiwi & Koala